Illicit cattle ranching drives 23 percent decline in Central America’s three biggest forest blocks
Monday, August 7th, 2017
The three largest forest blocks in Central America have shrunk by 23 percent in the past 15 years, almost entirely due to illegal cattle ranching, according to a forthcoming study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
Inadequate enforcement enables illegalities to flourish in Brazil’s beef supply chain
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Cattle from illegally deforested land plays a significant role in Brazil’s domestic beef supply chain, as an absence of clear tracking data enables ranchers to move cattle from illegal land to legally registered properties shortly before selling them to slaughter houses.
Rollback of environmental protections stokes violence in the Brazilian Amazon
Monday, July 24th, 2017
The rollback of environmental protections in Brazil continued through July, with campaigners warning that the changes encourage land grabs, illegal deforestation, and violence against activists and enforcement officials.
Indigenous stewards identify growing threat posed by ranchers within Nicaraguan forest reserve
Friday, July 21st, 2017
The indigenous government which manages 70 percent of a Nicaraguan reserve the size of Luxembourg has condemned illegal deforestation by ranchers seeking land for pasture.
Major US pension fund invested in illegal deforestation
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
One of the largest pension funds in the USA has invested millions of dollars in the palm oil sector, including in companies repeatedly exposed for illegal deforestation, according to a new report.
Booming beef exports fuel forest clearances and violence in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Reserve
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Booming beef exports are fuelling illegal land sales, forest clearances and violent conflict in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, home to one of Central America’s last remaining pockets of Intact Forest Landscape.
World’s largest beef producer fined after buying cattle raised on illegally deforested land in Brazil
Monday, March 27th, 2017
JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has bought livestock raised in illegally deforested areas in the state of Para, according to a recent investigation by IBAMA, the Brazilian environment agency. Greenpeace has cut ties with the company, a pioneer of ‘zero deforestation’ pledges, as a result.
Brazilian presidential decree “a Christmas present to land grabbers”
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
New analysis published by the NGO Imazon has found that the downgrading of protection for a huge area of rainforest last December was “a Christmas present to land grabbers”, which will encourage them to continue to illegally occupy land throughout the Amazon.
False documents facilitate illegal sale of land in Brazilian indigenous reserve
Monday, February 13th, 2017
Deforestation of an indigenous reserve in the Brazilian state of Rondonia has intensified after false documents were allegedly drawn up to illegally sell off pockets of land for agriculture.
Greenpeace denounces amnesty to illegal cattle ranchers in Brazil’s Jamanxim National Forest
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
The Brazilian government has watered-down the protection afforded to Jamanxim, in a move Greenpeace describes as a further amnesty for people illegal clearing rainforest.
Hacking, wiretaps, slavery and money laundering: How agents and indigenous people busted a massive Bad Ag gang in Brazil
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Until his arrest earlier this year, one of the biggest forest destroyers in the history of the Amazon operated a large and sophisticated criminal network from his base in Sao Paulo’s upper class neighbourhood of Jardins.
Indigenous communities face violence from agribusiness in Argentina
Monday, December 12th, 2016
Members of the Yaki Cachi Bajo Hondo indigenous community have suffered harassment, threats and violent attacks by armed groups connected to agribusiness interests in the north of the country.
Soy and cattle driving wave of illegal deforestation in Argentina
Monday, November 21st, 2016
Greenpeace report outlines consistent violations of the Forest Law in conversion of forests for soy and cattle ranching.
Rising deforestation for agriculture in Peru indigenous reserve
Thursday, September 29th, 2016
“Initial threat assessment” identifies 1,600 hectares of forest loss since 2013, in Amazonian reserve protected for the benefit of indigenous peoples.